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Community English & Community Language Programs
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Community English & Community Language Programs

Program Staff

  • Vivian Lindhardsen, Director

    Dr. Vivian Lindhardsen is the director of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program. She holds a Ph.D. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics and has more than twenty years of experience in the field of language education. She has taught in and directed programs here in the US as well as in Denmark, Italy, the UK, and Japan. She has worked in university programs, private businesses, international organizations and K-12, and she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Assessment, Grammar, and TESOL Methods. She has published articles and textbooks in the areas of a Second Language Writing, Testing, and Language Pedagogy, and she is a reviewer and a commissioner for The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) and a member of the PRAXIS ESOL National Advisory Committee (NAC) at ETS. 
  • Roy D. Mateus, Programs Manager

    Roy is the Program Manager of the CLP and TESOL Certificate Program with 15 years of experience.  Roy worked for Columbia Business School for 13 years as an officer in the Marketing Division, as Coordinator in Human Resources, and as assistant Coordinator for the Adjunct Faculty Center. Later Roy transferred to Teachers College, where he became the Program Assistant for TESOL-LING.  Roy speaks several languages and is currently a part-time student pursuing his B.S. in Geoscience.

  • Taymy J. Caso, Administrative Coordinator

    Taymy J. Caso is the Community Language & TESOL Certificate Programs Administrative Coordinator. Starting this Fall, she will be a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Taymy holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Tampa. She has experience working in Information Technology, Higher Education, and the Mental Health industries. Her research interests include: (1) implementing grounded theory research methods to understand constructions of gender identity and sexual orientation among gender nonconforming communities; (2) constructions of sexual orientation in partners of persons of trans experience; and (3) adverse psychosocial outcomes associated with oppressive and prejudicial representation of racial/ethnic and sexual minorities, including gender variant  
                                        persons, identifying on the LGBTQQ-IA spectrum.
  • Barbara Sian Morgan, Fellow

    Sian is a CLP Fellow with extensive teaching experience. She has worked as a French teacher in Coventry (UK), and later as an English lecturer in Italy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She is also a certified speaking and writing examiner for Cambridge ESOL and British Council IELTS. Sian's main research interests include second language writing, discourse analysis, learner corpora and performance assessment. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Teachers College.

  • Sarah Sok, Fellow

    Sarah is a one of our new CLP Fellows. She has a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. She has taught ESL in the Los Angeles area, and has taught EFL in China, South Korea and Thailand. Her professional interests include second language acquisition, vocabulary learning, and heritage language education. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Teachers College. 
  • Michelle Stabler-Havener, Fellow

    Michelle is a one of our new CLP Fellows. She taught ESL in the Los Angeles area, EFL in China, and has conducted teacher trainings in the U.S., India, China, Thailand, Nepal, and Bangladesh. She taught Second Language Assessment for Azusa Pacific University's MA TESOL program and was a Senior English Language Fellow for the U.S. Department of State. Michelle has published on classroom management and on assessment. Her professional interests include second language assessment, teacher training, and materials development. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Teachers College.

  • Nadja Tadic, Fellow

    Nadja was the Interim Academic Coordinator during Summer 2014 and a CLP Fellow. She has taught English in foreign and second language contexts for five years. She has worked as an academic writing, advisor, TOEFL prep instructor and English integrated skills teacher. Her research interests lie in classroom interaction and encouraging student autonomy and participation. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College.

  • Sabina Simon, Program Assistant (P/T)

    Sabina is a program assistant for the Community Language Program. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in the TESOL/AL program at Teachers College, and has experience teaching Pronunciation and Speaking, as well as other ESL classes in the CEP. This semester she will be teaching the Advanced Writing class in the CLP, in addition to turning in her Master's thesis concerning the use of comic books to teach pragmatics. She also has a B.A. in Spanish Literature with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz.